The De’il has business on his hand.


And so towards November. Halloween is soon upon us, during which I will undoubtedly buy far too many sweeties and end up having to scoff the lot myself. Last year we had a little girl dressed as a fairy/princess/blancmange knock on the door who took a single tiny roll of parma violets and clutched it to her chest as though it was made of gold. So very cute, but she could’ve given us a little help and taken two.

There’s still space on the roster for a short story during Halloween Shorts too, if anyone’s interested. I’m putting together my story at the moment and I’m not sure if it’ll be spooky enough…but I’ve picked now, so I’ll be damned if I’m changing my mind. Damned, I say!

Also, NaNoWriMo approaches. I wasn’t sure about doing it this year but I do have a novel to finish and if I call what I’ve done “Part 1” and what I’d get done in November “Part 2” it’s almost as if I’m not gaming the system at all. Tarantino would be so proud, and by “proud” I mean, “confused as to why people are asking him about a Scottish guy he’s never met.”

Anyway. This means that I will be on course for my personal target of writing two novels (in draft form, at least) by the end of the year, which is great because I wrote that target down in the front of my notebook and it’d be a kick in the junk not to be able to tick it off. I haven’t quite managed as many short stories as I wanted, but the ones I have done have had an effect, in that they will be read by people other than my girlfriend and my brother.

At some point towards the end of November I’m going to have to pick what I’m going to do in 2013. Ultimately, the plan is to keep writing things that amaze and amuse me in the hope that eventually they’ll be capable of amazing and amusing others. Hopefully, the projects I pick will be another step towards that goal.